Alexander Bublik is a great talent and particular personality for a tennis player who became the protagonist of a sensational episode which is probably certainly not positive towards tennis and its fans. But he is definitely an unconventional athlete.
In the 2nd round match of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2022 Bublik voluntarily left the court and retired apparently without having anything. During the match against the Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander had just suffered a break (probably decisive) in the seventh game of the third set and was thus 3-4 down.
The tennis player thus headed to the center of the field greeting his opponent and chair judge and left the match, with an undoubtedly very perplexed crowd. On social media, a sort of media pillory has been created with many angry at the decision and the bad gesture made by the Kazakh: on the other hand, someone (even quite surprisingly) supported the honesty with which the tennis player left the court tired of playing on clay.
The question is: why such a gesture?
Bublik and his hate for clay-courts
In the last few days Bublik had done nothing to hide his aversion to clay and indeed, at the end of the match he won against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the first round, he had made the following statements: "I hate clay-courts.
I hate this surface. I hope this part of the season passes quickly and then we play on grass. This is the only thing I can say." Bublik repeated the footsteps of Nick Kyrgios' statements a few years ago and even the Australian had revealed that he hated this surface.
However, almost no one had come to a similar situation: a few weeks ago Viktoriya Azarenka had retired without apparently having an injury in the match against the very young Linda Fruhvirtova. A different situation but with a similar outcome and certainly two episodes that are not very beautiful for the world of tennis.
It is certainly not a lucky period for ATP: since the beginning of 2022 many controversial events have already occurred, which have undermined the credibility of the movement. Starting with the much discussed Alexander Zverev's issua at the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.